Ms. Lise Béland, Collège Boréal’s Vice-President – Central and Southwestern Ontario, was named steering committee chair for Toronto’s 2018 Francophonie Week.
Every year since 2001, the steering committee organizes activities aiming to stimulate a dynamic francophone cultural identity and develop a strong sense of belonging to the international francophone community. From March 20 to March 27, French-speaking Torontonians are invited to reunite and celebrate their culture through various events hosted by different organizations within the local francophone community.
The steering committee members for 2018 include Collège Boréal, the Ministry of Francophone Affairs, Francophonie en Fête, Bureau du Québec à Toronto, Glendon College, Oasis Centre des Femmes, Centre francophone de Toronto, Alliance française de Toronto, the Club canadien de Toronto, and the Consulate General of France in Toronto.
The complete list of activities will be announced in the coming months; however, the steering committee would like to highlight three events in particular. Taking place on the night of March 22nd, a networking event (by invitation) will allow participants to meet and network with key influencers from the francophone community while celebrating the French language and culture. For the first time, this year a family fun day will take place on March 24th as part of the celebrations. With a theme of “Under the big top”, the event will include activities for the whole family, such as live entertainment, service kiosks and artisan booths, games, and discovery workshops. Finally, a big show organized by Francophonie en Fête will cap off the week on March 24th.
A calendar of events will be posted online in the coming weeks. Local organizations will also be invited to add their activities as part of Francophonie Week.
“Given the College’s increased presence in Central and Southwestern Ontario, it was natural for Boréal to be asked to lead this initiative. Toronto’s Francophonie Week is the perfect opportunity for community members to express their solidarity and celebrate their culture; we are very proud to play such key role.”
Daniel Giroux, President, Collège Boréal
“On behalf of the 2018 steering committee, I would like to thank the Centre francophone de Toronto who coordinated the organization this event for many years. I am thrilled to collaborate with the members of this dynamic team to organize an unforgettable week for Toronto’s francophone community!”
Lise Béland, 2018 Steering Committee Chair and Vice-President – Central and Southwestern Ontario for Collège Boréal
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